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May 10, 2019

United Kingdom
Archie, Africa, and the Commonwealth

The birth of Archie, the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has led to British media speculation, picked-up by the New York Times, that the Queen (actually, in conjunction with the Theresa May government) may dispatch them to Africa for a undetermined period. Their role, beyond lubricating the UK’s ties with its former African colonies, would be to build support for the Commonwealth of Nations. It would also get the Royal couple out of the media circus surrounding Archie’s birth. There is further speculation that Archie’s mixed race would make the family particularly attractive to Africans.

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April 30, 2019

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q1 2019

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between October 2018 and March 2019. 

Cyber Operations Tracker

June 5, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can you get a second chance to make a first impression? Rick Perry hopes so. When the former Texas governor threw his hat into the presidential ring back in 2011, he was a favorite to grab the nomina…

Republican presidential candidate Perry acknowledges supporters after formally announcing candidacy for president in Addison, Texas

May 28, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can the second be first? Rick Santorum certainly hopes so. In 2012, the former Pennsylvania senator finished second to the eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Now Santorum hopes to improve on that surp…

Santorum-Foreign-Policy

March 8, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 8, 2019

This week: Facebook announces new privacy framework; Big Tech goes on the offensive; new developments in China-U.S. cyber relations; UK's proposes a cyber detterence strategy; and India's tech compan…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Messenger at Facebook conference in May 2018.

October 14, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Can Rick Perry Create 1.2 Million Energy Jobs?

Perry waves as he addresses a summit in Washington (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). The centerpiece of Rick Perry’s economic plan, released this morning, is a pledge to create 1.2 million energy j…

Can Rick Perry Create 1.2 Million Energy Jobs?

September 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Rick Perry Wants U.S. Troops Home from Afghanistan

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage before the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate in Tampa on September 12, 2011. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters) Time magazine got Rick Perry to sit…

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage prior to the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential candidates debate in Tampa, Florida, September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

August 30, 2011

Defense and Security
A Foreign Policy Platform from Rick Perry? Not Quite

Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry walks to his bus after a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 16, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Rick Perry used his speech y…

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry walks to his bus after a campaign stop at D.C. Taylor Roofing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

January 29, 2019

Nigeria
Oby Ezekwesili Steps Down as Nigerian Presidential Candidate

Oby Ezekwesili announced she is stepping down as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. The elections are scheduled for February 16. She said her goal now is to build a coalition that would provide an alternative to the All Nigeria Progressives Congress (APC), the party of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), whose presidential candidate is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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November 14, 2018

Venezuela
Looking for an Off-Ramp for Venezuela

Mexico's Andres Lopez Obrador may be able to play a decisive role in bringing this agonizing chapter of Venezuelan history to an end.

A prorally against U.S President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela August 14, 2017